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The Dunwells quotes:

THE DUNWELLS   “The fierce and contemporarily fab fivesome”

WHO :Joseph Dunwell, David Dunwell, Rob Clayton,Jonny Lamb, Dave Hanson.

Favourite tweet :

People have hobbies. Some collect stamps. Some knit. Some build birdhouses. I go to @thedunwells‘ concerts.


 Sometimes, a band is so talented you can’t help but just sit and smile as they play   – Austin Chronicle

Joseph started harmonising while watching his brother, then 16, learning to play the guitar and write songs. Hearing Irishman Damien Rice on his debut album O was the reason Joseph said he started writing songs.

“I remember listening to that for the entire year before deciding to be a musician. It was kinda like the turning point,” said Joseph, leading him to trace his steps backward to artists such as Oasis, Counting Crows, Springsteen and Dylan, before finally starting “to learn singing techniques from the greats,” Van Morrison and Ray Charles.

The four other members of the group that formed in 2009 are singers, too, providing spine-­‐tingling harmonies on anthemic numbers like “Follow the Road,” which brings to mind the best of Crosby, Stills & Nash while upping the ante with stirring electric guitar runs.  – Durango Herald.


Debuting on Austin indie Playing in Traffic, UK rockers the Dunwells shoot a big, polished sound tuned towards the indie folk revival. An uplifting swell in attitude and arrangements pulses across the Leeds quintet’s full-­‐length bow,  Austin Chronicle

“Given how evocative their music -­‐ particularly their harmonizing -­‐ is of the California folk and country-­‐rock of Crosby, Stills, and Nash.” -­‐ Boston Globe

“It’s clear this is a band with a bright future.” -­‐ American Songwriter

“The best is yet to come for the Dunwells.” -­‐ Huffington Post

“This quintet of boys from Leeds have a real knack that has garnered them some well deserved attention, including a ringing endorsement from writer/screenwriter Cameron Crowe” – Chicago Innerview

” the folk-rockers’s rootsy songwriting and lush harmonies have been earning raves” – LA Times


The UK’s harmony-happy Dunwells dive into American balladry with aching sincerity and melodic tics that recall Crowded House’s soft side” NY Times


the Dunwells, an English emo-­‐folk band that is hitting it big in the states with its debut, “Blind Sighted Faith.” It is a record that at times recalls the sound of Mumford & Sons and other times sounds like Colorado up-­‐and-­‐comers The Lumineers.     The Durango Herald

• And lead singer Joseph Dunwell has some mesmerizing vocal chops.



February 2013 Mojo review

“On Goodnight My City and I Could Be A King,  the sweet ache of Joseph Dunwell’s classy vocals and spare, rootsy instrumentation make it easy to understand why the US is embracing this quintet much as they have Mumford & Sons.”  James McNair

Review from Karamel Club – Northern Embassy .. JANUARY 2013

 And then came the young, exuberant Dunwells all the way from Leeds. Certainly the crowd’s favourites, they “don’t need safety anymore”.  tonight they are Mumfords without sham rock and Eagles who soar above the wasted scene. Their break up song; ‘Oh Lord’ speaks to me with its line “Oh lord, I’m calling out your name, oh lord, I feel so ashamed” – the guitar lines bringing spirit to the powerful sense of rhythm that rattles out tonight with enthusiasm and energy – as do lines given elsewhere; “Find your feet my friend, just go forward. Shit goes down just carry on regardless”.Each and every highlighted lyric gives me a reason to believe in a better year a coming. They relate to true feelings and empower. The Northern Embassy adds to the creed being spoken. It’s too good to believe that this night will be repeated at the Karamel Club whose members show up in force to give their support to Chris and it’s hard to believe that Chris Sheehan will host a better line up this year but talking to the faithful Kevin, Sound Engineer, you know….. I think he will.


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The Dunwells “Leaving The Rose” EP

News THE DUNWELLS return home to TOUR THE UK and RELEASE a new 5 track EP
–Leaving The Rose –

The Dunwells

Here’s a video of one of the tracks on EP..

The Dunwells on The Tonight Show:

From the very first time The Dunwells hit American shores at the 2011 International Folk Alliance conference, their impact has been astounding. “Anyone that’s seen them has just been ‘Oh My God!’ They’re mind boggling!” raved Folk Alliance Executive Director Louis Jay Meyers to Voice of America radio. This auspicious start in the US had the band sign to a US independent label and recording in June 2011 at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio outside Austin, Texas. They have been touring back and forth across the Atlantic ever since. This September 2012 , their latest return home to the UK will be to launch their second EP, Leaving The Rose featuring the heartrending song “Oh Lord”, produced by John Porter and play 6 dates around the UK.

The Dunwells had set off from Leeds as a classic Brit band, a powerful fusion of their individual talents both vocal and musically. Emerging from the pubs and clubs of Leeds, England, their hometown in 2009, The Dunwells are brothers Joseph Dunwell (vocals, guitar) and David Dunwell (guitar, piano, banjo) along with cousins Jonny Lamb (vocals, drums) and Rob Clayton (bass) and long time best mate Dave Hanson (guitar, pedal steel). “We are genuinely best mates,” explains singer, songwriter and guitarist Joseph Dunwell. “We sometimes bicker and fight, but then we hug and make up and go out for a drink.” Their stellar musicianship, classic roots songwriting and soaring harmony vocals have already made instant but lasting impressions on all who hear or see them perform.

Their first U.K. single, “Elizabeth,” hit #31 on the Independent Music chart the week it was released on their debut EP in March 2010. The band spent the rest of the year touring Britain and Europe, playing such top festivals as Hop Farm (with Bob Dylan and Van Morrison), Edinburgh’s cutting-edge Fringe Fest, Triumph Live (with Mumford & Sons) and the Fete De La Musique in Paris. To help spread their music further, the band frequently busks on the streets of the cities they visit.

The brand new EP Leaving The Rose will be released on 1st October and will feature 4 recently recorded acoustic songs including an amazing version of Imogen Heap’s Hide & Seek.

1/Oh Lord ( edit)
2/Goodnight My City (acoustic version) –
3/I Could Be A King (acoustic version)
4/Only Me (acoustic version)
5/Hide & Seek (acoustic version)

Catch the band on the road in September :

22 Sept Bristol, Louisiana

23 Sept Manchester, Soup Kitchen

25 Sept Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

26 Sept Nottingham, Bodega

27 Sept London, Borderline

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